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Long Island's youth need our help to escape systemic violence and a failing education system

On the maps below, explore the wealth and education indicators that show the breadth of the issues we need to address and guide where we implement our programs.

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We are where families have the least financial resources

This map shows economically disadvantaged students* on Long Island.

Highlighted are school districts were the share of Economically Disadvantaged Students is particularly high.

In the districts we serve the average percent of economically disadvantaged students is 66%, which is +78% compared to the 37% average for Long Island.

*Economically disadvantaged students are those who participate in, or whose family participates in, economic assistance programs, such as the free or reduced-price lunch programs, Social Security Insurance (SSI), and Food Stamps.

We are where school funding is low

This map shows the disparity in school funding across Long Island.

Highlighted districts are those were the Per Pupil Expenditures are much lower than average.

In the districts we serve, the average per pupil funding is $11,935, which is 27% lower than the Long Island average of $16,480.

Per pupil expenditures are calculated based on dividing a district's operating costs with its "Duplicated Combined Adjusted Average Membership." The membership is also student-need adjusted as economically disadvantaged students and English Language Learners receive a weight of 1.0, which equates to double the amount of funding.

We are where systemic racism is more intense

This map shows students racial segregation amongst Long Island's school districts.

Long Island is one of the the most racially segregated regions in the country. In the districts we serve students of color make up 89% of the population, compared to the regional average of 51%.

Highlighted are the school districts were the share of students of color is much higher than the average.

We go where students need us the most

This map shows four-year cohort graduation rates across Long Island.

Highlighted districts are those were graduation rates are much lower than average.


In the districts we serve the average graduation rate is 81%, which is 11% lower than the 91% average for Long Island.

We go where kids are not getting support

This map shows the Student to Guidance Counsellor Ratio in school districts across Long Island.

Highlighted are districts were this ratio is much lower than average, meaning that students have less access to guidance counselors.

Although ASCA recommends a 250-to-1 ratio of students to school counselors, in the districts we serve the ratio is 560-to-1. This is
47% lower than the Long Island average of 381-to-1

We go where kids are kept away from the classroom

This map shows rates of Chronic Absenteeism in Long Island school districts.

The highlighted districts show rates much higher than the average.

In the districts we serve the chronic absenteeism rate is 21%, +33% higher than the 15% average for Long Island.

Chronic absence is defined as missing 10 percent or greater of the total number of days enrolled during the school year for any reason.

Our maps are made, maintained and updated by North Arrow, an impact mapping and data data visualization company helping nonprofits grow their support. North Arrow develops interactive digital maps and charts that empower non-profits with immersive communication tools. 
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Working with "at-risk"* students, their families, and schools to alleviate academic and behavioral challenges

Combining food and community with hands-on education on farming and mindfulness for children and adults

Giving workshops, assemblies and professional development sessions

Promoting positive identity formation, development of higher stages of moral reasoning and providing youth with the skills and support they need

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